Schools need a way to decide if children are too smart for the basic standards. But they just aren't getting it.
Many schools are denying the proper education for highly intelligent children. These children are called gifted. They aren’t always “just smart.” These are the people who have an innovative way to solve problems and quickly react to what is presented to them. These are the people who will read the back of containers just because there is nothing for them to do or learn. Imagine that in the classroom. The teacher might have kids solving problems on white boards, but to the gifted child it is just review, so they doodle or read their book. It looks like the child is unmotivated, or not paying attention because they don’t understand what is being presented. Then the teacher continues teaching this review until the gifted kid “get’s it.”
Schools go out of their way to give children with disabilities the same right to learn as any other kid, but what about the gifted kids? They are the future of the human race. These are the Steve Jobs and Marie Curies of this generation. Imagine being in a classroom and being taught first grade work when you are in eighth grade, and being asked to actively participate and pay attention. It makes no sense. This is how the gifted kids feel.
The problem here is that schools think they are "differentiating" curriculum in order to "provide the appropriate level of challenge and rigor to all students". While that's certainly a laudable goal, as a 9th grader currently enrolled in 4 honors and 1 AP course, I can assure you that is not the case. The fact of the matter is that schools think they can just assign the word "honors" to any regular course, slap together a "placement process", and consider their job done. They should provide more flexible options to meet students at their real level rather than tossing students into buckets. This type of labeling not only disadvantages students that are misplaced, but those that are better at some topics than others (ie geometry but not fractions). Either way, the actual needs of students are not met.
Additionally, we need to fix the grading system that has ruined the quality of all students' education. You know there is a problem when a third of the students in 1st quarter of freshman year gets high honors (unweighted GPA of 3.5+) and another third gets honors (unweighted 3.0-3.5). This type of a system discourages the most capable students from achieving at the highest levels, because their grades will not reflect anything exceptional. People have forgotten that the point of grades is to differentiate the smart from the smarter, instead of the average from the failing.
On that point, there appears to be a new form of entitlement popping up around the United States: a high grade. It seems that many students and parents have somehow gotten into their head that no matter what, they deserve a high grade. And unfortunately, too few teachers at my school (and I assume elsewhere) are willing to push back on this and assign the grade that the student deserves. Perhaps it's that they feel that assigning an honest grade would put the student at an unfair disadvantage when it comes to college admissions, where they are being compared to other students whose teachers are willing to inflate their grades. Or perhaps its that they just don't want the headache of it or that it would cause their class to become under enrolled in future years as students and parents fear a drop in GPA.
Fixing these things would be a HUGE step in the right direction and enable students to achieve at the level that they are actually capable of.
I am in 5th grade,which is middle school here , and my previous 4th grade teacher was my type of teacher, he was giving me 8th grade words and Middle school mathematics. Previously this year, we had a school wide spelling bee and I got 2nd place out of mostly 8th graders. My report card said I had 3 A+ out of four grades, I got an A in the other. Our teacher said A's are very rare, than how come almost a third our grade its on the honor roll? ( I am high honors) These schools should let the "Gifted" (AKA smart) kids a chance to skip grades, and move faster. Writing is one of the strangest subjects in school due to the way people tend to write, and how we comprehend the lesson. Writing is easy for me, difficult for others. Teachers should teach kids writing very young, and teach them how to love to write. Teachers should set high expectations for all kids.Not just Gifted ones.
Taking 8 college level classes freshman year. It's looking like this is going to be 4 more years of boredom. School is ridiculously easy; everything after 6th grade is just review. I sleep in classes, don't study, and ace everything. Homework isn't worth doing; why would you "practice" anything you've already mastered? Makes no sense. Schools are broken.
7th grade, but all of my class is learning what is basically 5th grade math. This forces me to study more at home so I don't fall behind in the future. I believe that schools should be more strict and teach students, instead of being so easy and "fun".
I am in fifth grade, and I have found school easy since my first year. I'm still 'learning' long division now, and I think we need a better system. Students should be given more control in their learning. I had one teacher, in year 3, who challenged me properly, and I learned LOADS. Not only maths and writing techniques, but emotional resilience. While my current teacher is good, I am not getting that push to achieve things like I was with my year 3 teacher, and if he is reading this, THANK YOU.
I am in 7th grade, and we are still learning how to tile shapes and and make simple transformations in math class. In history we repeat basically the same curriculum every year, eg. First nations, explorers, settlers, first nations, explorers, settlers... etc. I think that we should be well past this point in grade 7
From grades 1-5, all we do is learn more. In 6-8th grade, all we do is REVIEW the things we learned in elementary, especially the things from English. Every year of school I have earned a spot on the 4.00 GPA Honor Roll. In my opinion, school needs to be challenging, not just review from past grades.
The grade system and discrimination with A and F grade is not the answer. They say having straight As is what you should be getting, but that is wrong. Most people getting straight As are bored in school and are only learning things that they all ready know. That is bad because they are not learning and school should not be encouraging the majority of students a" non learning system" People with F grades are being discouraged from teachers and are feeling down. TTHAT IS THE WRONG MENTALITY SO SCHOOLS SHOULD STOP THIS( A-YOU SHOULD BE GETTING AND F-REALLY BAD)MESSED UP SYSTEM
I personally think that school is too easy. I'm GT math, and I still learn basic crap I learned in the first to third grade. I'm in fifth grade, too, which is what makes this ten times worse. And I feel like also, in the grand scheme of things, when I am properly taught they make it really fast. What gives? I seriously have no words to describe how boring it makes school. Especially tests. PARCC testing took a while, sure, but that's because I was staring at a wall instead of selecting answers. If you ask me, school is way to easy and should be, in some parts, re-evaluated. And also, I'm not gt in Language Arts, and even that's easy. (Also, as examples. They "taught" us number lines, basic algebraic expressions, and percentages. All of the above have been taught 1st through 4th grade, yet we still have to re learn it.)
No, I do not believe that schools are too easy and instead are challenging students to new levels. I think that schools are setting standards high for each student, and therefore are preparing students for either a career after graduation or some type of military or place in the workforce. I think that students are coming out well-educated.
I don't feel as if schools are too easy. It hasn't been that long since I was in K-12, and I don't remember school being easy. I remember having really hard assignments even as early as third grade. I always felt challenged and when I did well on assignments, I felt as though I had worked hard.
I would think the general argument being made for our schools being too easy, would be that so many students do poorly, and some even go on to drop out entirely. But, perhaps the real problem is the lack of change in how our school educate our children. There have been numerous stories of innovative teachers finding new ways to present the idea of learning to our youth with very good results.
If children are having problems following their teachings, maybe it isn't their fault at all, and we should simply change the delivery of education instead of making it all easier. After all, children get bored very easily -- I know I did -- and so, if something isn't working, wouldn't it be foolish to keep trying in the exact same manner?
There are many factors to consider for this question. Some students are naturally more intelligent than others and may require courses that challenge them. Sometimes school teachers think there is something wrong with a student because they act up in class or do not focus on the lessons. Many times this is due to the fact that the student is bored. The school lessons are not challenging enough to stimulate the child's brain. In these cases, school can be considered easy but for the majority of students, the school lessons are just right for where they are. In high school, students can better determine what challenges them appropriately and choose their coursework accordingly.